JPS supt. prepares for contract non-renewal hearing - - Jackson, MS

JPS supt. prepares for contract non-renewal hearing

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - In January, the Jackson Public School board voted to end the contract of Superintendent Lonnie Edwards. 


Friday Dr. Edwards will go before the board and fight to keep his job, citing reasons why he feels his termination was unfair.


WLBT has obtained the 14-page document in which Dr. Edwards details his response to the boards reasons for non-renewal of his contract.


These points will be the highlight of his argument during that hearing scheduled for Friday, which will be open to the public and the media.


Dr. Edwards and his attorneys say that his viewpoint has not been heard up until this point. The document outlines the "plan of improvement" the board had for the superintendent when he was hired in August of 2008.


In the document, Dr. Edwards states he has met all of those goals and has worked to improve the district, despite the board's opinion he has not met their standards. The superintendent cites a lack of communication with the board and says he implemented programs to reduce the dropout rate, boost grades at under-performing schools, and improve morale among employees.


Dr. Edwards is asking the board to extend his contract for two years from the time it was to expire, which is June 30.


The hearing is set for 9:00 Friday morning.


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